Olympic Stadium Deal Collapses
The government has halted West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium after the Olympic games.
The board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) has ended negotiations amid concerns over delays caused by the legal dispute with Tottenham. The OPLC, government and Mayor of London have instead agreed the stadium will remain in public ownership.
West Ham and Newham Council have responded to the news with this statement,
"... we would welcome a move by OPLC and government to end that uncertainty and allow a football and athletics stadium to be in place by 2014 under a new process. If the speculation is true, West Ham will look to become a tenant of the stadium while Newham will aim to help deliver the legacy."
"Our bid is the only one that will secure the sporting and community legacy promise of the Olympic Stadium - an amazing year-round home for football, athletics and community events of which the nation could be proud."
Leyton Orient has also said that they would like to rent the stadium, possibly on a ground share basis with West Ham.
Any interested bidders for the stadium will have to submit proposals by January. It seems likely that West Ham will remain the preferred bidders.
It is therefore more than possible that West Ham will end up selling the Boleyn ground and renting the Olympic Stadium. History suggests that when clubs sell their grounds and instead rent a stadium things end disastrously.